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  1. #1 Grow Agar Tree for 10 years & you can get Rs30000 per tree 
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    Growing Agar tree and extracting oil from fungus infected Agar tree is secret of a few families of Hojai,a small place in Nagaon dist of Assam.If an agar tree turns black it may fetch you upto 1 lakh .1 kg resinous wood sells at Rs 30000 or more.10 gm oil sells at Rs 3500 or more.1 kg non infected wood sells at Rs150 or so.These rates are not divulged to anyone.I have collected these informations with much difficulty.
    Artificial infection with the mold is now possible and the technology is available.
    AGAR TREE SEEDLINGS ARE SUPPLIED BY SOME ASSAM BASED NURSERIES.
    I will appreciate if any tissue culture laboratory can make Agar tree tissue cultured plants.
    Pharmadig
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  2. #2 Agar Tree 

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    Dear Friend,

    Thanks for this interesting information. Can you please give us details about this species like scientic name, growing requirements etc.


    Krishnamurthy
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  3. #3 Agar/Agarwood comes from Aquilaria malaccensis 
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    When Aquilaria malaccensis(Synonam Aquilaria agallocha Family Thymelaeaceae) gets infected with the mold Phaeoacremonium parasitica, it's immune system reacts in a way that in the heartwood it produces a precious, dark and aromatic resin i.e. an oleoresin known as agarwood or agar(In assamese it is called as "ogoru" and both agarwood and its resin distillate/extracts are known as oud in arabic).These tropical trees actually grow very quickly in poor soil, so long as they have enough water.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agarwood
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilaria
    http://www.agricultureinformation.com/mag/?p=2956
    http://www.ayushveda.com/herbs/aquilaria-agallocha.htm
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    Can anyone tell me the climatic conditions, soil and water resouces required for growing agar tree. Is it suitable for TMILNADU
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  5. #5 Thanks buddy 

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    There are few people who are generous to share information..

    C ya in future

    Thanks

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  6. #6 hi 

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    hi this is sheshi and my friend have tissue culture unit and if u give me a plant of agar i will try to do it.
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  7. #7 Agar Tree 

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    Sounds an interesting proposal. Just a few questions further to already discussed issues. Please advise on whichever ones possible.

    What is the normal lead time before the harvesting (or First Harvesting)?
    What are approximate expenses involved?
    Any typical requirement of nutrients and fertilizers?
    Does it require plantation on slopes?
    Any requirement on the type of soil and the depth.
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  8. #8 Vijayakumar K. Managing Director, Vigirom Flavours and Fragrances 
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    Agar Wood is not something new and has been in use since ancient times. This tree grows in regions in Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia, apart from the Assam Region. The Ajmal Group, which manufactures Fragrances and has markets all over the Gulf, is well established in the Assam region and have a near monopoly over this product.

    Fungus infected wood, when distilled, produces Oodh, a powerful, rich, almost faecal smelling oil that very long lasting and has diffusive qualities that are valued next only to Gold in the Gulf, and among the Arabs. Pure qualities are rare and most qualities are adulterated. A pure, unadulterated, and well produced oil can cost around 15,000 USD per kilo in the open market.

    Supply sources are scare and demand outstrips production, and therefore the costs keep going up every year. Normal Agar Wood that is not infected by this Fungus is not as much in demand and use and applications are limited.

    Like Sandalwood, given the cost and the demand it is impossible to protect these trees, and most of them are likely to be stolen unless you have armed guards to protect them when they ready to be harvested. Protecting them for 20 odd years before you can realise its commercial potential is a herculean task.

    Though people have started growing Agar in the North Western regions of Karnataka that have weather patterns somewhat similar to Assam, it remains to be seen when artificially induced fungus can produced this transformation and give the same result as the naturally growing trees in the other regions indicated in this note.

    Am willing to share any additional information that you may need on this subject.

    Vijay
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  9. #9 Development of Agarwood tree through tissue culture 

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    Quote Originally Posted by pharmadig View Post
    Growing Agar tree and extracting oil from fungus infected Agar tree is secret of a few families of Hojai,a small place in Nagaon dist of Assam.If an agar tree turns black it may fetch you upto 1 lakh .1 kg resinous wood sells at Rs 30000 or more.10 gm oil sells at Rs 3500 or more.1 kg non infected wood sells at Rs150 or so.These rates are not divulged to anyone.I have collected these informations with much difficulty.
    Artificial infection with the mold is now possible and the technology is available.
    AGAR TREE SEEDLINGS ARE SUPPLIED BY SOME ASSAM BASED NURSERIES.
    I will appreciate if any tissue culture laboratory can make Agar tree tissue cultured plants.
    Pharmadig
    Please see our posting under Consultancy forum offering services for technology development. If you and/or others interested support it, we can attempt developing the production system.

    - Phytica
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  10. #10 send details 

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    Quote Originally Posted by pharmadig View Post
    Growing Agar tree and extracting oil from fungus infected Agar tree is secret of a few families of Hojai,a small place in Nagaon dist of Assam.If an agar tree turns black it may fetch you upto 1 lakh .1 kg resinous wood sells at Rs 30000 or more.10 gm oil sells at Rs 3500 or more.1 kg non infected wood sells at Rs150 or so.These rates are not divulged to anyone.I have collected these informations with much difficulty.
    Artificial infection with the mold is now possible and the technology is available.
    AGAR TREE SEEDLINGS ARE SUPPLIED BY SOME ASSAM BASED NURSERIES.
    I will appreciate if any tissue culture laboratory can make Agar tree tissue cultured plants.
    Pharmadig
    pl send some details to me.you can find us on rajkamal herbs & aromatics pvt.ltd
    kalpesh jani
    09825067393
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